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City of Yakima's Health Care Plan Report Looks Strong

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The City of Yakima has a record breaking $3.5 million in reserves after they started taking extra steps to educate employees and their families about preventive measures. The City of Yakima has a record breaking $3.5 million in reserves after they started taking extra steps to educate employees and their families about preventive measures.

YAKIMA, WA -- Some good news this year for the City of Yakima's finances when it comes to health care.

Cheryl Ann Mattia, the Human Resources Manager, said changes and efforts made over the past two years are finally paying off.

The city has a record breaking $3.5 million in reserves after they started taking extra steps to educate employees and their families about preventive measures. They city said they've doubled their wellness programs in an effort to reduce the amount of visits to the emergency room.

"Even though we all look at the national news and see that health care's going up, {it's} not in Yakima," said Mattia. "We can have an effect on what those bottom lines are."

The city said they spent $11 million on health care last year, but they estimate this year's cost will be closer to $9.5 million.

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